Woodworking workshops

North Bennet Street School woodworking workshops and short courses are well-known for providing the highest-quality training in the fundamentals of fine and machine woodworking for individuals interested in exploring furniture making, carpentry and preservation carpentry. 

In addition to the fundamental workshops, two-day and longer workshops provide opportunities for students to build additional skills and fabricate useful objects of lasting value. Popular table and chair making, bowl-turning and timber-framing workshops are offered regularly. Master classes provide opportunities for professionals and advanced students to learn new skills.

Calendar

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday - Friday, July 6 - 17
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Judith Hanson
$1275

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Judith is a 1994 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program and has a sculpture degree from MassArt. She is a self-employed custom-woodworker in Medford, Massachusetts and teaches at MassArt.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7 - August 6
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$695

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She is a member of Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Build a Guitar

Monday – Friday, July 13 - August 7, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Steve Spodaryk
$2,500

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

The 15% new student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Build a personalized acoustic guitar with experienced luthier Steve Spodaryk. In this class, students learn material selection, side bending, joinery, adhesives, decorative details, ergonomics, bracing and plate tuning. We focus on important acoustic and structural considerations as well as finishing basics, fretwork and final setup. Throughout the class, we use the best of traditional and modern techniques. The materials are provided in the form of a high-quality kit and include opportunities for customization and plenty of challenges. We cover basic hand tool use and use tools and techniques that are available to the casual builder. Some experience with woodworking is recommended.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Introduction to veneer

Friday - Sunday, July 17 - 19, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brad Wolcott
$475

Veneer unlocks a range of details and design possibilities that are impossible to achieve with solid wood. Topics covered include veneer selection, shaping and taping, glues and mechanical and vacuum pressing.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006, Brad joined the US Army and served as a cavalry officer for four years. After completing his service he enrolled at NBSS and graduated from the Cabinet and Furniture Program in 2012. Today Brad works as a self-employed studio furniture maker in Hardwick, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Family workshop: build a toolbox

Saturday, July 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier

$200 for each adult and child team, the 15% discount does not apply to this workshop

Share a workbench and build a small portable tool box. Each adult and child (6-11) team completes the process of measuring pieces, cutting parts to length, planing parts smooth and constructing the toolbox with hammer and nails. The instructor demonstrates each activity emphasizing technique and safety. No tools or materials costs and no experience is required.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Monday-Friday, July 20 - 24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Matt Wajda
$695

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Traditional woodcarving

Friday - Sunday, July 24 - 26, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Faia
$550

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

In this three-day workshop, students learn many of the essential wood carving techniques. Topics include tool selection, proper carving stance, modeling and the finer points of detailing. Using period forms and shapes as guides, students produce a decorative wall ornament. Wood carvers of all experience levels will benefit. This workshop is open to all skill levels, although some basic wood carving experience is helpful.

Dan Faia has been a professional wood carver, cabinet maker and chair maker since 1994. He is a graduate of North Bennet Street School, and is currently the department head of the full-time cabinet and furniture making program. Dan operates his own woodworking studio in New Hampshire, and is also a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

To see examples of his work and to learn more about Dan, visit his website at www.dcfwoodworking.com.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Introduction to Spindle Turning

Saturday - Sunday, July 25 - 26
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

This course offers instruction in spindle turning techniques used in furniture making. Information on lathes, tools, materials and finishing is presented. Sharpening tools is demonstrated and practiced. Each student has a lathe to use to practice various turning techniques. Students learn hands-on turning using four basic tools; the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool and skew chisel. Students have the opportunity to turn a mallet before the class ends. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has sets of tools students may use during this class. If you wish to buy turning tools, expect to spend approximately $220 on tools. Tool lists are sent with registration confirmation.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, July 27 - August 7
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Introduction to bowl turning

Saturday - Sunday, August 1 - 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has tools students may use during this class.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com

Window Sash Workshop

Saturday - Sunday, August 1-2,2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Rainford
$425

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hand cut dovetails

Saturday - Sunday, August 8-9, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$450

Learn the steps to follow in order to successfully layout and cut out both through dovetails and half blind dovetails. Through dovetails are seen on both faces and half blind dovetails are only seen on one face. Both types of dovetails are commonly found in the construction of fine furniture.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. You can view her work at www.greenmountainwoodturning.com

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fine finishing

Saturday - Sunday, August 15 - 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: John LaGattuta
$425

This two-day workshop covers the finishing of furniture in a manner that is consistent with the period of design, including proper coloring using various typed of stains, dyes and glazes. Different types of top coats are discussed and demonstrated, including shellac, varnish and nitrocellulose based lacquer. Color theory and layering of stains and dyes are used to bring out the depth and beauty of the piece. Students are encouraged to bring a piece to the workshop for finishing.

John Lagattuta is the owner of Northwest Corner Woodworks in Torrington Connecticut, specializes in the making of furniture represent- ing styles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries using traditional methods and techniques and restoring antiques. His firm has been employed by several historical organizations, including the Litchfield and Torrington historical societies.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Make a Windsor chair workshop

Monday - Saturday August 17- August 22, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1450

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. In this 6-day seminar, students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture -- the Windsor Chair.

Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology… a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will also have the option of creating a Fan Back Windsor Chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking..

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Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. In 2001 he moved to Upstate New York to concentrate on making chairs from green wood. He recently moved to Central Massachusetts where he makes chairs and teaches in his workshop, as well as at woodworking schools here and abroad. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and has writen articles on chairmaking for various publications, including Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. He also writes the Chair Notes Blog (www.chairnotes.blogspot.com )and produces tools for chair making. His first book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available from Lost Art Press, www.lostartpress.com..

His website is www.petergalbertchairmaker.com

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Intro to Woodworking/Summer Youth Program

Monday - Friday, August 24 - 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$600

In this five-day course, students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) will learn the basics of drafting, woodworking and finishing through the completion of several projects. Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

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Intro to Woodworking/Summer Youth Program

Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$600

In this five-day course, students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) will learn the basics of drafting, woodworking and finishing through the completion of several projects. Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 25 - September 24
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She is a member of Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Make a Spoon

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees with a minimum of tools. Spoon carving is a great way t learn about wood and design and it requires no dedicated workshop, a stump and a comfortable chair suffice. The workshop is for all levels of experience. .

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Monday-Friday, September 14 - 18, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

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Three-month furniture making intensive

Monday - Friday, September 14 - December 18, 2015 no class: 10/12, 11/11, 11/13, 11/26, 11/27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jamey Pope
$6000
$1800 deposit to hold space for registrant

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

The 15% discount for new students does not apply for this workshop

This furniture making intensive should be considered by those who wish to learn as much as possible about furniture making in three months. Participation in this course can also be used by students who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to attend one of North Bennet Street School’s full-time programs. This course is designed to guide the student from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making with each student building a final project from rough lumber. The first part of the course covers the hand and machine skills taught in Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples and other projects prior to building a more complex final project that includes techniques that can be used in building a wide range of furniture and provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students are taken to a lumber yard and guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project. Students practice various styles of legs including turned and tapered legs.

In addition, we cover: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently and accurately, spindle and faceplate turning, veneering curved and flat surfaces, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding and curved and flat drawer construction.

Please read cancellation policy on our continuing education page. This course has no prerequisite. Students are responsible for material costs of approximately $300.

Jamey is a 2006 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furnituremaker, Jamey was a general contractor.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday - Friday, September 21 - October 2, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

Register

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Intro to Woodworking for the Home Schooled

Wednesdays, September 23 - November 18
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Chris Kearney
$400 - the 15% discount does not apply to this workshop

Designed for middle-school-age home schooled students, these eight workshops teach tool use and safety through exercises that advance from simple to more complex. Students learn the basics of drafting, woodworkign and finishing through the completion of several projects. . Each project introduces students to new skills and tools and builds upon the lessons of earlier projects. The students will learn how to use various hand saws, planes, rasps, files and chisels to create attractive and useful items that will be enjoyed for years; from a simple pencil box or cutting board to a more intricate wall shelf or carved spoon.

Prior to attending the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, Chris Kearney taught middle school math and history for 10 years. After graduation Chris worked in cabinet and millwork shops on North Shore before starting CB Kearney Fine Woodworking and becoming a MA/NH certified Industrial Technology instructor. He has taught woodworking, drafting and metal shop for various school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can see some of his custom furniture at www.cbkearney.com

Register

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, September 29 - December 8. No class November 26.
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Judith Hanson
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Judith Hanson is a 1994 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program and has a sculpture degree from MassArt. She is a self-employed custom-woodworker in Medford, Massachusetts and teaches at MassArt.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Saturdays, October 3 - 31, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Matt Wajda
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations in this weeklong workshop. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Prerequisite: None. 1

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Introduction to bowl turning

Saturday - Sunday, October 3 - 4, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has tools students may use during this class.

Janet Collins has been a woodworker for more than 18 years. Her training was trial and error until she started taking woodworking workshops at North Bennet Street School in 1992. She enrolled in the full-time Cabinet and Furniture Making program in January of 1995 and started teaching workshops at the school upon graduation in 1996.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday, November 2 - Saturday, November 14, No class Saturday, Nov 7 and Wednesday, November 11
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1275

This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. Topics include sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools including paring chisels, hand plane, dovetail saw, card scraper and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and the strategies of laying out and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and student exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel, and hand planing. Learn to lay out and cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.

Traditional cabinetmaking practices are explained throughout the workshop and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project.

Ryan Messier is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at the North Bennet Street School provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces.

Tools required for this workshop are about $375.

Register

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rolling Clamp Cart Workshop

Saturday - Sunday, November 7 - 8, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$400

Learn how to make a clamp rack while working with plywood in this two-day workshop. Students have the option to purchase wheels to attach to the rack to make it a rolling clamp rack. This is a great introduction to working with plywood while making a functional piece for your workshop.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She is a member of Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston.

Register

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Introduction to bowl turning

Saturday - Sunday, November 14-15, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$380

This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe. This class is open to all skill levels. The school has tools students may use during this class.

Janet Collins has been a woodworker for more than 18 years. Her training was trial and error until she started taking woodworking workshops at North Bennet Street School in 1992. She enrolled in the full-time Cabinet and Furniture Making program in January of 1995 and started teaching workshops at the school upon graduation in 1996.

Register

Monday, November 16, 2015

Make a Windsor chair workshop

Monday - Saturday November 16 - November 21, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1450

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. In this 6-day seminar, students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture -- the Windsor Chair.

Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology… a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will also have the option of creating a Fan Back Windsor Chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking..

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Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. In 2001 he moved to Upstate New York to concentrate on making chairs from green wood. He recently moved to Central Massachusetts where he makes chairs and teaches in his workshop, as well as at woodworking schools here and abroad. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and has writen articles on chairmaking for various publications, including Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. He also writes the Chair Notes Blog (www.chairnotes.blogspot.com )and produces tools for chair making. His first book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available from Lost Art Press, www.lostartpress.com..

His website is www.petergalbertchairmaker.com

Register

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fundamentals of machine woodworking

Monday - Friday, November 30 - December 4, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Matt Wajda
$695

Woodworking machines don’t perform optimally until the user becomes familiar with their construction and proper adjustment. Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic operations and the background needed for more complicated operations in this weeklong workshop. Machines are discussed in reference to specific woodworking tasks and set-up accordingly with the necessary fences, guides or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized.

The course includes an overview of what to look for when purchasing new or used machines and reviews sources for machines, tooling and re-sharpening.

Prerequisite: None. 1

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Introduction to Letter Carving

Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Janet Collins
$370

Introduction to carving incised letters. Included are proper tool choices, tool sharpening, choosing the correct wood, layout and carving techniques including carving serif, sans-serif and script lettering. Practice carving several letters and words in sample boards of different species. time permitting, gilding or gold-leafing the letter forms will be demonstrated.

Janet Collins has been a woodworker for more than 18 years. Her training was trial and error until she started taking woodworking workshops at North Bennet Street School in 1992. She enrolled in the full-time Cabinet and Furniture Making program in January of 1995 and started teaching workshops at the school upon graduation in 1996.

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The Secrets of Shellac

Saturday - Sunday, December 5 - 6, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brad Wolcott
$500

Move beyond the limitations of premixed shellac and unlock the full range of possibilities of this versatile finish. Topics to be covered include mixing dry flakes, brushing, padding, french polishing and final polishing. Tools are included.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006, Brad joined the US Army and served as a cavalry officer for four years. After completing his service he enrolled at NBSS and graduated from the Cabinet and Furniture Program in 2012. Today Brad works as a self-employed studio furniture maker in Hardwick, Massachusetts.

Register

Monday, December 7, 2015

Make a Windsor chair workshop

Monday - Saturday December 7 - December 12, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1450

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. In this 6-day seminar, students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture -- the Windsor Chair.

Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology… a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will also have the option of creating a Fan Back Windsor Chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking..

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Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. In 2001 he moved to Upstate New York to concentrate on making chairs from green wood. He recently moved to Central Massachusetts where he makes chairs and teaches in his workshop, as well as at woodworking schools here and abroad. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and has writen articles on chairmaking for various publications, including Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. He also writes the Chair Notes Blog (www.chairnotes.blogspot.com )and produces tools for chair making. His first book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available from Lost Art Press, www.lostartpress.com..

His website is www.petergalbertchairmaker.com

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Chair intensive

Monday - Friday, January 25 - February 19, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Jamey Pope
$2,400

This workshop is for individuals with some woodworking experience who are ready to tackle building a chair. Chairs have many special considerations but they aren’t difficult to make. Take this workshop and learn the fundamentals of chair making that can be applied to many chair styles. Build a classic ladder-back style chair in this workshop. We cover measuring, cutting, shaping, constructing and finishing the chair. Students choose a Danish cord seat or a transitional slip seat. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking or equivalent experience.

Jamey Pope is a 2006 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furnituremaker, Jamey was a general contractor.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Three-month furniture making intensive

Monday - Friday, February 29-May 20, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jamey Pope
$6000
$1800 deposit to hold space for registrant

The 15% discount for new students does not apply for this workshop

This furniture making intensive should be considered by those who wish to learn as much as possible about furniture making in three months. Participation in this course can also be used by students who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to attend one of North Bennet Street School’s full-time programs. This course is designed to guide the student from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making with each student building a final project from rough lumber. The first part of the course covers the hand and machine skills taught in Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples and other projects prior to building a more complex final project that includes techniques that can be used in building a wide range of furniture and provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students are taken to a lumber yard and guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project. Students practice various styles of legs including turned and tapered legs.

In addition, we cover: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently and accurately, spindle and faceplate turning, veneering curved and flat surfaces, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding and curved and flat drawer construction.

Please read cancellation policy on our continuing education page. This course has no prerequisite. Students are responsible for material costs of approximately $300.

Jamey is a 2006 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furnituremaker, Jamey was a general contractor.

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Other carpentry and furniture making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Jim Morris. We welcome class  requests.

  • Garden tool and tote
  • Platform framing
  • Stairbuilding
  • Advanced techniques in furniture making
  • Boston case furniture and the challenges of compound curves
  • Brettstuhl workshop
  • Chip carving
  • Chippendale chair workshop
  • Continuous armchair
  • Continuous-arm windsor chairDecorative inlay
  • Dovetails
  • Drafting for furniture makers
  • Elements of chair construction
  • Finials for furniture
  • Flat edge tool sharpening
  • Fundamentals of fine woodworking
  • Fundamentals of machine woodworking
  • Georgian footstool
  • Hammer veneering and the vacuum press
  • Intermediate bowl turning
  • Introduction to bowl turning
  • Introduction to shapers
  • Introduction to spindle turning
  • Machine maintenance: bandsaw
  • Machine maintenance: tableSaw
  • Machine safety: routers
  • Machine woodworking - pembroke table
  • Machine woodworking: shaker table
  • Parent and child toolbox workshop
  • Parent/child course: wall shelf
  • Pie crust serving tray
  • Relief carving
  • Restoration of gilded surfaces
  • Sand shaded fan
  • Shaker oval boxmaking
  • Three month furniture making intensive
  • Tool box workshop for teens
  • Turning for furniture makers
  • Veneering fundamentals